See more synonyms for bumpy on Thesaurus.com adjective, bump·i·er, bump·i·est.
- of uneven surface; full of bumps: a bumpy road.
- full of jolts: a bumpy ride.
- causing jolts: Bumpy air shook the airplane.
- having many difficulties or failures; full of ups and downs: He had a rather bumpy career before he settled down in his present job.
Origin of bumpy
Related formsbump·i·ly, adverbbump·i·ness, noun
First recorded in 1860–65; bump
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for bumpy
adjective bumpier or bumpiestDerived Formsbumpily, adverbbumpiness, noun
- having an uneven surfacea bumpy road
- full of jolts; rougha bumpy flight
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Word Origin and History for bumpy
1865, from bump + -y (2).
Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night. [Bette Davis ("Margo Channing"), "All About Eve," 1950]
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